Country Winter Break

Winter fun and relaxation at a country hotel
8 Days
Jan - Mar
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Spend 7 magical nights in the winter wonderland of northeast country Finland, on the edge of Lake Lammasjärvi. Here you will enjoy some memorable winter fun including snowmobile and husky safaris, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and more. Your holiday includes daily use of the hotel's sauna and indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, use of kick sleds and toboggans, and access to the hotel library.

Day 1: Arrival Kajaani Airport - Kuhmo
Upon your arrival at Kajaani Airport you will be met and transferred to Hotel Kalevala. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Snowmobile Safari 
After breakfast, start your snowmobile safari (45-55km) along the trails and snowy landscapes of the beautiful Taiga forest (2 persons share each snowmobile).  Depending on the weather, your guide will take you on varying terrain so you can really let your engines go!.  Along the way stop for lunch and a break in front of an open fire.  Return to the hotel and enjoy a well earned evening sauna with jacuzzi before dinnner.

Day 3: Ice Fishing and Snowshoe Tour
Breakfast at the hotel.  Today on the ice fishing excursion you will get to experience how the locals fish during winter. After a hole has been drilled into the ice, you are ready to try fishing with a jig.  This excursion can be done on foot, by snowshoes or on skiis. A picnic lunch will be provided in front of an open fire, before you head back to the hotel. This afternoon take a guided snowshoe tour along the Taiga forest and lake, with a stop for hot drinks along the way . 

Day 4: Day at Leisure 
Breakfast at the hotel and time at leisure.  Perhaps make use of the free ski equipment, kick-sleds or toboggans to explore further around the resort.  Visit the the Petola Visitors Centre or the Winter War Museum (located approx. 700 metres from the hotel). The exhibition at the Petola Visitors Centre provides a great display of photographs and information on the local wildlife such as brown bear, wolf, lynx, and wolverines and is well worth a visit (admission is free).  Or head into the town of Kuhmo (approx.3km from hotel) and visit the Kuhmo Arts Centre with its beautiful concert hall (free admission). Or take one of the optional excursions such as a swimming/floating in the Pajakkakoski rapid or a 5 hour cross-country ski tour.  Finish the day with a sauna and/or an outdoor or indoor jacuzzi. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Husky Safari
After breakfast, transfer to the husky farm, located in remote forest near the Russian border. Here you can enjoy a tour of the kennels and meet the huskies and puppies. Then head off on a 20-25km guided husky drive into the wilderness (2 persons share the driving of each sled).  Gliding through the snowy landscape with your own dog team is a truly exciting and exhilirating experience! En-route stop for a picnic lunch.  Then return to the hotel and use of the sauna and outdoor jacuzzi before dinner at the hotel.

Day 6: Cross Country Ski School & Ski Tour and Peat Sauna
After breakfast, walk just across the road to the Kalevala Sports Stadium for your 1 hour cross country skiing lesson.  Nordic skiing is a fun and easy way to exercise, or just to get around! At the conclusion of the lesson your guide will take you for a short ski tour on the slopes and trails nearby.  This afternoon enjoy a Peat Sauna (at a time to be pre-arranged with the hotel reception) - said to improve your metabolism, release the fluid from your body and leave your skin soft and clean.  After realxing in the sauna whilst covered in peat for 20 minutes, your  skin will feel softer and your body more relaxed! Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 7: Nordic Walking and Winter Fun 
Breakfast at the hotel.  Today join a guided Nordic walking tour near the hotel in the larger area near the town, taking you past the Petola Nature Centre, the Winter War Museum, the Kalevala Ski Centre and Harakkasaair Island. This afternoon why not use the ski equipment, ice skates, kick-sleds or toboggans to enjoy your final day of winter fun, before a last evening sauna and/or time in the indoor or outdoor jacuzzi.  Dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: Departure Kuhmo - Kajaani Airport
Breakfast at the hotel this morning before your transfer to Kajaani Airport.  

Departures:  Daily from 03 January to 31 March 2018

Includes:  7 nights accommodation in a standard hotel room at Hotel Kalevala* with breakfast and dinners daily, evening use of sauna and indoor/outdoor jacuzzis daily, snowmobile safari (Day 2),  ice fishing and snow shoe tour (Day 3), husky safari (Day 5), cross country ski school & small tour and peat sauna (Day 6), Nordic walking tour and ice skating (Day 7), free use of skii equipment, kick-sleds, toboggans, Kota-Teeppe in the hotel grounds on the lake, DVD movies, Playstation 2 and Nintendo WII games, wireless internet and library. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes:  optional activities

* 2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile. Children over 140cm in height and over 8 years of age can sit on the snowmobile driven by a parent. Adults can also drive solo, for a supplemetary charge. All drivers must have a valid driver's license

* 2 persons share the driving of each husky sled.

* The guide has the final discretion as to who may drive, and who must be a passenger.

* the order of the excursions may alter depending on your dates of travel and f the activities offered may be adjusted at any time due to weather conditions or other factors.

* The price shown is based on a standard room.  Please enquire if you wish to upgrade to a superior room.
 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2607.00
Single AUD$ 3246.00

Includes:  7 nights accommodation in a standard hotel room at Hotel Kalevala* with breakfast and dinners daily, evening use of sauna and indoor/outdoor jacuzzis daily, snowmobile safari (Day 2),  ice fishing and snow shoe tour (Day 3), husky safari (Day 5), cross country ski school & small tour and peat sauna (Day 6), Nordic walking tour and ice skating (Day 7), free use of skii equipment, kick-sleds, toboggans, Kota-Teeppe in the hotel grounds on the lake, DVD movies, Playstation 2 and Nintendo WII games, wireless internet and library.

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